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Aussie Country Duo Cover Blink-182’s ‘Dammit’

19 May 2023 | 12:38 pm | Ellie Robinson

It comes as the first single from their upcoming EP, ‘Sad Songs For Happy People’

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The Winnie Blues have put a stirring Americana spin on Blink-182’s pop-punk classic Dammit, flipping it from a riotous skatepark anthem into a soulful tune to play in those wistful moments of deep reflection.

It’s a fitting cover, though, as Dammit thematically tackles the topics of maturity and heartbreak. The Winnie Blues’ version hone in on its lyrical sincerity, with both members of the Australian-native, Nashville-based duo – lead vocalist Alice Beatty and guitarist/producer Cameron Potts – singing it as a duet. Musically, they swap the punchy riffs and thrashing drums of Blink-182’s version in favour of warm pedal steel runs and whistling strings.

It comes as the first single from The Winnie Blues’ forthcoming EP Sad Songs For Happy People, which is due out in September as the follow-up to their 2021 debut album Half Wide Awake, But Dreaming. In a press release, it’s promised the EP will deliver fans “a fresh new sound and emotionally resonant themes”. 

It’s described as “a collection of heartfelt and emotional songs that explore the ups and downs of life” that serves as “a testament to the band's versatility and musical prowess”. Other details are scarce for the time being, but we know that another song set to feature on the record is ‘If I Was Still Your Man’, a more upbeat number. The whole shebang was tracked at the iconic Blackbird Studios in Nashville, and is said to mark “a significant departure from the duo’s previous work”.

The Winnie Blues’ cover of Dammit arrives alongside a poignant music video filmed and edited by Samuel Stephenson at Digital Love Studios, with help from production assistant Vanessa Buchan. You can check that out below, and compare the tune itself to Blink-182’s original version.

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